The Loom

The Mooney Treatment: Part Deux

The Discovery Institute has fired a second post at me and my National Geographic article on evolution. I’ve updated my post to explain why they’re shooting blanks.

In the comment thread, some people asked why I was wasting time dealing with this stuff. The reason is simple: if I don’t show why these attacks are baseless, some people may assume there’s some truth to them. And since I put a fair amount of work into this article, I want to do my part to set things straight. Since the Discovery Institute does not see fit to put a comment thread on their “Evolution News and Views” site, this is the next best place for me to go about this.

Comments

  1. #1 MartinC
    November 17, 2006

    If you want a good laugh then try listening to Casey’s arguments on the Discovery Institutes podcast. Its easy to find on itunes – so long as you type in the appropriate search term.

    http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2831/creationismpp3.jpg

  2. #2 Star
    November 17, 2006

    This is only loosely related to your particular post, but…

    I just wanted to thank you for the work you do. You write about life science in a way that’s informative and interesting, and comprehensible to a non-scientist. I enjoy reading your posts.

  3. #3 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 17, 2006

    The reason is simple: if I don’t show why these attacks are baseless, some people may assume there’s some truth to them.

    On the other hand, even if you show the attacks to be baseless, some people will assume there’s some truth to them. I’m sure you’ve dealt with Creationists enough to realize that. I take it as more evidence that the vaunted human brain is not so perfectly evolved as some people like to deny.

  4. #4 Steviepinhead
    November 17, 2006

    As others have said, it’s a tiresome and tedious task, but someone’s gotta do it.

    I’m just glad that it’s someone with your writing skills and your talent for locating and intertwining deft examples.

    Thanks, Carl!

  5. #5 djlactin
    November 17, 2006

    Perhaps it’s not so strange how IDists focus (again) on the genetic similarities in their arguments about ‘common design’, but seem to forget (ignore? sweep under the rug?) the ‘plagiarized errors’ refutation. what intelligent designer would copy boo-boos from one lineage to the next?

  6. #6 David B. Benson
    November 18, 2006

    Star and Steviepinhead speak my mind. Thank you, Carl.

  7. #7 mark
    November 18, 2006

    The lack of acceptance of comments at “Evolution News and Views” fits right in with their attitude toward publishing in peer-reviewed journals. They simply can’t stand honest, evidence-based criticism.